Our lab aims to understand the molecular and cellular mechanism of the development and prevention of nutrition-related chronic diseases such as obesity and diabetes. Our research primarily focuses on the following areas: 1) understanding the role of brown and white adipose tissue as a secretory organ in the regulation of energy metabolism, metabolic inflammation, and glucose/lipid metabolic homeostasis, 2) understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying the development of brown and white adipose tissue dysfunction in obesity and aging, and 3) elucidating the molecular mechanisms by which dietary components regulate energy metabolism and metabolic inflammation in obesity.


Xiaoli Chen

Dr. Xiaoli Chen, PhD. M.D.
Professor and General Mills Chair in Genomics for Healthful Foods, Director of Graduate Studies in Nutrition
Department of Food Science and Nutrition
University of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN  55108-1038
Office Phone: (612) 626-1220
Fax: (612) 625-5272
E-Mail: [email protected]